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‘Food For Friends’ Kicks Off At The Pratt Library

1/4/2019, 6 a.m.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to partner for another year with the Maryland Food Bank to collect food ...

— The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to partner for another year with the Maryland Food Bank to collect food during the month of January. The newly named, “Food for Friends” program runs until January 31, 2019. Food for Friends replaces the popular Food for Fines program.

“The Pratt Library is now fine-free. But we want to continue our support of the Maryland Food Bank during the winter,” said Pratt Library President & CEO Heidi Daniel. “I encourage everyone to drop off canned goods at our Pratt branches to help in this citywide effort to give back.”

In return for donating one can of food, library customers can eliminate one dollar from their library fees, which may include lost or stolen materials charges or replacement library card fees. The donation will be capped at $50 per customer for the month. Cans must be unopened and unexpired and no glass containers will be accepted.

Last year, the Pratt Library collected 7,411 pounds of food, enough to help feed more than 6,175 Marylanders.

“This year marks our 40th year of feeding hungry Marylanders across the state, so we are especially excited to kick off 2019 with the help of our friends at the Enoch Pratt Free Library,” said Carmen Del Guercio, President & CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. “Campaigns like Food For Friends are instrumental to the work we do, not only because it’s an easy way for people to donate nutritious food, but because they bring attention to the fact that hunger is a year-round issue, one that doesn’t end once the holidays are over.”

For more details about the program, visit: www.prattlibrary.org.